Mini Pupillage


Thank you for interest in a mini pupillage at Oriel Chambers.

Mini Pupillage

We are now accepting applications for mini pupillage during 2022. Subject to any future restrictions/guidance in respect of COVID-19, we are intending to return to in-person mini pupillage from April 2022 onwards.

Our mini pupillages take place between May and October each year.

How to Apply

We will be offering further mini pupillages during October and November 2022. All applications for our Autumn mini pupillage 2022 must be received by

15th July 2022. Applications received outside this window will not be considered.

Application is by way of CV with covering letter. Please send your application to

Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by no later than 28th August 2022. If you have not had a reply by that date, please contact us.

The application window for 2023 will be announced in due course.

Due to the large number of applications, we are unable to provide feedback on unsuccessful applications. We do, however, appreciate that the strength of a student’s application can increase as their studies progress. As such, we welcome applications from those who have previously applied and can demonstrate progression.

You may inform us if you have a preference as to which window you wish to apply for. However, due the large number of applications, we cannot guarantee a specific time but will do our best to accommodate you where possible.

Who can apply?

Chambers welcomes applications for mini pupillage from the following:

• Those aged 18 and over who have commenced, or already completed, a UK/ Republic of Ireland undergraduate law degree, qualifying law degree or conversion course.

• Students undertaking a non-law degree are welcome to apply but will be prioritised below those applicants who have already commenced their legal studies.

Selection Criteria

We apply the same criteria for selecting mini-pupils as we do for pupils. In particular, your application should demonstrate your:

• Ability to write clearly and persuasively;

• Academic achievements;

• Non-academic achievements;

• Evidence of motivation and initiative.

We are a committed equal opportunities Chambers and employer. We therefore both encourage and welcome applications from those groups which are typically under-represented at the Bar, including women, Black, Asian and minority ethnic individuals, people with a disability and those who attended a state school. We are happy to make reasonable adjustments to support candidates with a disability.

Please note:

• We offer mini pupillage to enable successful applicants to gain an insight into life at the Bar and at Oriel Chambers;

• Our mini pupillages are not assessed and form no part of the selection for pupillage;

• While applicants are encouraged to apply, it is not a requirement that applicants for pupillage must have undertaken a mini pupillage at Chambers.

How your mini pupillage is structured

It is intended that Chambers will offer 40 mini pupillages during 2022.

Mini pupillages will last up to three days. Two mini-pupils will attend Chambers at the same time.

On arrival in Chambers, each pair of mini-pupils will be allocated a specific mini-pupil supervisor who will coordinate their mini pupillage and ensure they receive as much benefit from the experience as possible.

In general, we envisage that you will see a broad cross-section of Chambers’ practice areas. If you are interested in a particular area of practice undertaken in Chambers, please specify this on your application and, where possible, we will arrange for you to spend some time with a Member of Chambers who specialises in that area.

Where possible you will:

• Attend Court with your mini-pupil supervisor or other members of Chambers, either in person or remotely from Chambers;

• Attend a conference with clients;

• Have the opportunity to chat with our pupils, junior barristers, and clerks;

• Spend one day in Chambers completing a piece of written work which you can discuss with your mini-pupil supervisor.

Please note that the piece of written work is not assessed, and no formal feedback is provided on it. It is purely for your own development and Chambers will not retain a copy of it.

Applications are encouraged from those individuals who are in full-time employment, or who have caring or family obligations. Where possible, we can look at shorter mini pupillages and/or remote attendance on request.

Other opportunities

We hold on-line pupillage events and seminars where you can hear from our barristers on various subjects including:

• Pupillage application advice;

• Interview techniques;

• Specific areas of practice;

• Access to the Bar.

These events will be held by Teams and are open to all. There are no selection criteria for our online events.

Links to such events will be posted nearer the time. Please keep an eye on Chambers’ website and social media profiles for updates:

Twitter: @OrielChambers


Lincoln’s Inn Mini Pupillage Grant Scheme

Lincoln’s Inn offer support to students who have secured a mini pupillage but need additional funds to complete it.

The fund is intended to help with the cost of long distance travel, commuting, accommodation and for purchasing appropriate professional clothing.

Applicants do not need to be members of Lincoln’s Inn and must meet certain social mobility based criteria to be eligible for a grant.

The value of each grant is calculated based upon the applicant’s anticipated expenses up to a maximum of £500.

More details including all of the application criteria and application form can be found on this page of their website. Applications are open all year round.

Mini Pupillage Blogs

Take a look at our recent mini pupil, Louise Bridle's experience.

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Unfortunately, due to the COVID pandemic we have a huge backlog of those who have not been able to undertake their mini pupillages.

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